- Value: 19/20
- Functionality: 20/20
- Quality: 19/20
- Aesthetics: 18/20
- Productivity: 20/20
- TOTAL: 96/100
When working from home became the new normal, my bedroom was instantly transformed into an office. If I wasn’t sprawled out with my laptop on my bed or on the floor, I was creating a makeshift standing desk on my dresser. In the beginning, that DIY setup was fine, but I realized that my back (and my productivity) was suffering. As much as I was tempted to keep dragging my feet on finally setting up a dedicated workspace, my back was telling me it was definitely time.
After a bit of research, I decided it was best to invest in a desk that can be used for sitting and standing. And according to glowing reviews, the Flexispot Electric Standing Desk was the only one worth buying. The desk that had 2,700+ 5-stars left me hopeful that this acquisition would at least alleviate my aching back.
The Building Process
If you’re buying furniture online, you probably start dreading the process of building your new décor from the moment you click purchase. But not me. I’ve already spent a good chunk of quarantine building some new furniture for every room in my apartment. I built a TV stand, bookcase, entryway, bathroom cabinet and a bed, you name it, I put it together since March 2020. So when I saw the reviews of the Flexispot desk highlighted how quick and easy it was to build, I already knew it’d be a breeze.
The desk comes in two separate boxes and the included instruction manual had clear step-by-step directions. That said, I highly recommend reviewing the manual carefully before you start building, as it doesn’t have any written instructions, just images. And while it would’ve been helpful to have the actual parts labeled, I still managed to construct my desk with no issues—with the caveat that I kept a screwdriver and a drill handy for specific areas of the desk.
I managed to do 80 percent of the desk myself starting with the base and legs. But when it came to the heavier parts, including the top itself, I needed help from my brother to bring it all together. The final step does require two people to flip the desk over, so keep that in mind. Overall, it took about 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
After a few weeks of use, the desk has become a little wobbly and for some reason it came with no instructions on drilling down the center of the desk, even though there are holes in the middle. Also, I wish I opted for the black color, so it doesn’t leave noticeable smudges. But hey, that’s something a good cleaner can easily fix.
While the standing feature was the selling point for me, I was also looking for a desk that wouldn’t take up too much space in my petite bedroom. Thankfully, it comes in five different sizes, from 42x24" to 60x24". I chose the smallest one and still found it to be spacious enough that I can fit my laptop, headphones, water bottle, notebook, iPhone and even my extra laptop. And yet I still have room to walk around it (or add any cute decor). The desk can also hold about 154 pounds so I can definitely see adding a monitor or desktop computer to my setup in my future.
Now, the real star of the desk? The up and down button that makes this office furniture adjustable to whatever height you want. Once I plugged the desk and pressed the button, I watched the desk move up, up and up. The desk can extend from 28 to 47.6 inches (which is practically over my head!). To be more specific, the standing desk works for heights up to 6’3. The movement is pretty smooth, but it does make a little noise when it’s in motion. (Beyond that, it doesn’t bother me at all.
I’ve been using the desk for a month or so and it’s honestly the best purchase I’ve made this year. I don’t know why I was so adamant about not having a WFH setup before. I’m ten times more motivated to get work done and since I’m standing more than before, I’ve noticed much less pain and strain on my body. This desk has also provided a physical separation between work life and home life. When I’m at my desk I’m in productivity mode but when I’m away from my desk, I can focus on relaxing and chilling out.
Simply put, if you’re looking for a desk (standing or not), consider this one to make working from home a less achy experience. Plus, it’s super affordable. Most standing desks can range up to $1,000+ but this one is only $240. Trust me, even your boss will appreciate this purchase.